What if Hammond had three mayors? Or Valparaiso? Or Crown Point?
On two issues -- sentencing reform and local government reform -- the Indiana General Assembly took a step in the right direction this year, but not far enough.
The Indiana General Assembly appears to be planning to take another look at the structure of county government this summer. It's a good idea.
VALPARAISO | The Porter County Board of Commissioners declared an emergency last week that allowed them to bypass the bidding process and hire a contractor for up to $225,000 to address water infiltration problems threatening the 119-year-old Memorial Opera House.
More real than any reality show ever seen on TV before: it's Porter County Government on Parade.
VALPARAISO | Candidates for contested Porter County Council and commissioner seats pretty much agreed with each other Tuesday night during a forum sponsored by the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce.
VALPARAISO | Five years after the sale of the county hospital, members of the Porter County Board of Commissioners and Council gained access Saturday to the $160 million in sale proceeds.
VALPARAISO | It looks as though the county may be nearing a deal to help fund Chesterton's effort to extend utilities south on Ind. 49 near where the new hospital is being built.
Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman's legislative agenda for local government reform should have been introduced earlier, for more thorough public discussion than this short session allows. However, there are elements of her plan that make sense.
VALPARAISO | A proposed $41.8 million county general fund budget for 2012 with 2 percent raises was whittled down to $37.1 million with no raises during an almost two-hour Porter County Council meeting Thursday.
CROWN POINT | Lake County Assessor Hank Adams said the retooled Lake County Property Tax Board of Appeals already has cut a four-year-old backlog of old cases by 25 percent.
CROWN POINT | Lake County commissioners are putting two contracts to provide medical care and telephone service in the Lake County Jail up for competitive bidding in coming months.
New Lake County Sheriff John Buncich is looking to put his imprint on Lake County Jail, and that includes the medical care there.
From federal to local levels, government was designed to have a series of checks and balances, not be given a blank check on a "trust me" handshake.
CROWN POINT | Lake County Commissioners are postponing their threaten lawsuit against state-mandated property tax levy freeze that has spared taxpayers $60 million at the expense of local government revenues.
CHICAGO | Cook County Board President Todd Stroger presided over his last meeting Wednesday.
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